Calamari at D’Office, Valletta

Calamari is a dish I often eat at restaurants the World over and it always seems very apt to pick it from the menu when you are staying somewhere where seafood is in abundance. Malta is not a large place in terms of square mileage and is right in the middle of the Mediterranean – the hidden jewel as so many people call it – so seafood dishes are a must have.

This photo was taken and the food within it was devoured at D’Office a very nice Bistro in the heart of the old city of Valletta.

Theme changes

You will notice that my site looks a little different, as I have just adopted a new theme. I would like to thank Anders Noren for his brilliant themes and I came across him courtesy of David Bennett and his No More Pencils blog. So there you have it, credit where credit is due!

There may be a few odd issues here and there though, but will iron them out as I go along.

Calypso – A Javascript Front-End

Following up from – What next? and WordPress Development is about to radically change – I am writing this post using Calypso, the new Javascript single-page app that is based on the interface that you will already know if you use wordpress.com. It serves as a great tool for exploring what is possible now and in the future with the WordPress ecosystem.

Calypso is built on a stack that comprises of:

  • Node
  • Express
  • React.js
  • Redux
  • wpcom.js

So does this mean that I don’t need to build my own “stack”?

No – mine is going to be a different thing, in the sense that it will be more of a Theme building system for WordPress sites that will enable you to do things that weren’t easy to do previously or that ended up being very messy. Moreover, if like me, you don’t do so much PHP nowadays and work more with JS systems like Angular or React, then it will be the tool for you. I have got an early version of it working that I will share with you as soon as I can.

Calypso is great though, as it’s code is available on Github and provides you with an alternative UI for managing your sites and viewing other content through the “Reader”. I will no doubt dig into the code, to see how things work and perhaps learn new things about React.

So how to you set it up?

Go take a look at github.com/Automattic/wp-calypso to clone the project to your computer. You will need to have a few other tools installed, such as Node, NPM etc, so at this point in time, it may be easier to get up and running if you use these tools in your day-to-day web development work. There is another version available that allows you to run it on any number of platforms including OSX and Windows using Electron.

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That is what excites me, soon you will be able to build your own Native mobile apps using the Calypso eco-system – I am going to be exploring that too with a couple of real-world projects I have up my sleeves.

Above all else Kudos to Automattic for this stuff!!!

Disrupted

Just read a great blog post….

My Year in Startup Hell

Hear the one about the unemployed middle-aged guy who tripped and fell into the new economy?
My Year in Startup Hell
It’s all about being a 52 year old working for a US startup. It hit home with me as I’ve worked for a mixture of companies (never a start-up though) and some of them have been quite strange with their own culture. Which to me is often plain and simple poppycock!

What struck me most of all though is that this company started with practically no product and people invest in them like crazy. Why is it like that in America? It’s not like that here is it? Or have I been missing out on such shenanigans?!

Tell you what…

Spending all of this time working in London for Save the Children, I should get my photography fix during lunch breaks. Even if I’m just using my iPhone. 

So to start this little thing off, as I get off the number 521 and walk the short distance from Holborn to Farringdon, St John Lane….. here is a quick photo taken on this rather nice sunny morning. 

  

The photo above is of St John’s Gate in London. It’s history is connected with the Order of the Knights of St John. I’ve not yet been inside but it’s open and free to enter.